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CFP: Conference Dedicated to the Centenary of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland

Thursday, March 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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The Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore will host an international conference dedicated to the centenary of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland in Vilnius, October 17–19, 2018, on the theme "History, Memory, and Archives: Sensitive Issues."

Creation of the national state is hardly imaginable without striking its roots in history and defining the grounds on which the future state is to be constructed. Thus, establishing of the tradition archives had a significant impact in consolidating national communities and shaping their values, even becoming means by which identity of a national community was formed. The tradition archives still play an important role in safeguarding the collectables and making them available to the society, and as knowledge hubs shaping people’s understanding of themselves. However, there are hosts of sensitive issues related to the functioning of the archives, from policies of the archive making to representation and research of the materials. The 100th anniversary of the independent states of the Baltic region is a good opportunity to survey how the national history is reflected in the archives and how the archives influence and sustain creation of national, social and individual identities.

In cooperation with the SIEF Working group on Archives and the Network of Nordic-Baltic Tradition Archives, the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore invites proposals for papers dealing with a wide range of topics, including:

  • Archives and the nation building: historical and contemporary perspectives
  • Archival policies during different periods: inclusion and exclusion / censorship
  • Remembering, documenting and archiving of sensitive materials: case studies
  • Social, ethnical and gender representation in creation and maintaining of the archives
  • Archives and the memory making: ego documentary as core of the contemporary collections
  • Folklore, folklorism and the challenges of archiving the living tradition
  • Archives and information society: new possibilities in the digital era
  • Archives as link with the past and bridge to the future

Archivists and folklorists, historians and cultural researchers from various memory institutions are invited to share their experience, knowledge and practices in relation to the above mentioned and other relevant topics.

The language of the conference will be English. Presenters will have 20 minutes to give their talk and 10 minutes afterward for discussion. There is a 35 EUR fee (20 EUR for PhD students) for conference participation, which does not cover travel or accommodation expenses.

Please submit proposals including your name, affiliation, proposed title of your paper, and abstract of maximum 200 words to by April 1, 2018. Also, please indicate if you need financial assistance. Paper acceptance will be confirmed by April 16, 2018.


Organizing Committee:

Lina Būgienė (Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Vilnius)
Ave Goršič (Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu)
Lauri Harvilahti (Finnish Literature Society, Helsinki)
Audun Kjus (Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Oslo)
Austė Nakienė (Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Vilnius)
Sanita Reinsone (University of Latvia, Riga)
Rita Treija (University of Latvia, Riga)
Asta Skujytė-Razmienė (Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Vilnius)
Rūta Žarskienė (Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Vilnius)


The conference is supported by the project “The Network of Nordic and Baltic Tradition Archives,” of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture.

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